After whisky and cars, the motorcycle industry was the third largest earner for Britain in the ’50s and ’60s. They succeed to produced the legendary motorcycles in the world. In the 1960’s, the ‘British Invasion’ wasn’t just about whisky and Rock & Roll, it was about great British Motorcycles. They have dominated off-road competition for two decades with the true Sport Bikes were 1950s British Motorcycles like the Triumph Tiger T110 and the BSA Gold Star.
During the 1960s and ’70s Britain still manufactured a wide range of machines, but a combination of poor management, lack of investment, foreign competition (notably from Japan), and the arrival of the small, affordable car conspired to sound the death knell for most British motorcycles by the end of the 1970s.
Ironically, trading in the now-vintage and classic bike market is stronger than ever, propelled by enthusiasts trying to keep alive the spirit of British motorcycling in its heyday. It was a special time, and it should never be forgotten. Today, we invite you to drool over The 7 Most Iconic British Motorcycles:
- Vincent Black Shadow
Royal Enfield Bullet
BSA (Birmingham Small Army) Gold Star
Brough Superior SS80/100
Matchless Silver Hawk
Ride one down the street and watch as babies point and smile mid-whimper, dogs chase joyfully, angsty teens fight the curling in the corners of their mouths, old biker types in leather nod with supreme comprehension. There are countless combinations of weapons-grade speed, sex, beauty, design and freedom found between two tires